If you want a home that you can really put your stamp on, having a property built for you may be the best solution. This enables you to have input into the way your home is designed and built. At this point, it’s important to say that you may not get everything you want. What is in your head may not necessarily translate very well into a building plan, or into a finished structure.
You can definitely have your say though, and with the help of professionals you should end up with a home to be proud of. Getting the right professional help is important. If you are thinking of having a property built you will need to research and hire construction surveyors, architects and builders. They will all be involved in the creation and bringing to life of your building plans. You will have your say in the creation of these plans, and there are several things you need to think about.
How many rooms do you need?
When you are thinking about how many rooms you need, you should consider your position now and in the future. There may only be you and your partner right now, but are you thinking about starting a family? Is it likely that elderly relatives may be coming to live with you? If you are intending to stay in your newly built home for several years, you need to make sure it suits your on-going needs.
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Be realistic about what you need. It might be nice to have an extra couple of bedrooms for guests, and an extra bathroom just in case; but do you really need them? You only have so much money to spend on the project and you need to spend it wisely.
What type of floorplan suits your life?
If you are having a home built; it’s a good idea to make sure the floorplan is created to suit the life you lead. For instance, if you enjoy entertaining, an open plan environment might be a good idea. You do need to think about the noise factor though. Is an open plan space still a good idea when your children are playing and you are trying to read? Sometimes, it’s good to have separate spaces.
Do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions of the professionals. They are experts and can help you decide on aspects of the floorplan.
Is that design feature really a good idea?
There are plenty of design features that seem like a good idea in your head but are not actually that practical. Huge windows are great for letting in light, but they may also be great at enabling heat to escape when the weather is cold. Open plan living may be good for your lifestyle but play havoc with your energy costs. It’s easier to heat or cool one room than it is to do the same for an entire floor. Glass worktops may look incredible, but what about when you are constantly having to clean off sticky fingerprints?
All of these considerations are important when creating a building plan. Never allow yourself to be rushed into making decisions; always take time to make sure you are completely happy with what is planned.